Above: Meet your neighbours while buying nothing
Buy Nothing Groups are now in every neighbourhood in Vancouver, and many areas beyond the city as well.
They’ve been growing both in membership and number of groups since March 2020, many doubling in size in six months from the start of the pandemic.
Cayla introduced Mary to the Buy Nothing Project in early 2019, after meeting at the womens’ gathering.
Above: Buy Nothing Champions Cayla (left) and Mary (right)
It began with one group and 81 members. Three years later, there are five groups in Kitsilano with nearly 3,000 members.
These are facebook groups where people give stuff away, ask for what they need, and express their gratitude.
Importantly, expressions of gratitude are what keeps community building in the forefront.
In 2019, CityTV visited a Buy Nothing “free store” that Mary coordinated. (You can view the Youtube video above.)
Do you want to declutter without contributing to the landfill?
If you’ve ever frequented, or have ever fantasized about, a “free store” here’s a way to try it out.
Above: At Buy Nothing Kitsilano, Janice is happy her little camp stove (bought 40 years ago) will find a new home. Many years ago she and her husband purchased an outdoors cook set for hiking trips. It comes a part so you have a kettle, fry pan, sauce pan, and a little gas cooker
You can find a group in British Columbia by going to Buy Nothing BC on Google Maps.